Element boosts US presence with battery testing acquisition

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The global testing, inspection, and certification (TIC) company Element Materials Technology has acquired US battery testing company Energy Assurance.

Georgia-based Energy Assurance (EA) provides performance testing services for battery and battery-powered products.

The company, which also has a site Hopkinton, Massachusetts, deploys more than 3,000 cycling channels and more than 200 environmental chambers in its testing operations. Its testing services cover small, medium, and large format cells, modules, and packs and include safety and regulatory services and certification to local and international standards, product analysis, and risk quantification.

According to Element, the acquisition will help complement “Element’s existing network of laboratories already supporting the energy transition market and the growing demand for higher performance batteries.”

Rick Sluiters, executive vice president for the Americas at Element, said: “We continue to build expertise and capacity to support our customers in their energy transition journeys. EA’s wide experience within the battery sector, extensive customer base and focus on customer service fits very well with our strategy and perfectly complements our existing expertise in connected technologies and transportation sectors.”

Sluiters added: “We see this as a unique opportunity to become a clear leader in the sustainable energy delivery market, while simultaneously helping to reinforce our broader sustainability agenda.”

EA CEO Cindy Millsaps said: “We look forward to this next phase of growth for the company and believe that being part of Element will further enable our team to drive growth in market shaping battery technologies and influence positive change in the area of sustainable energy storage and delivery.”

EA is accredited by ANAB, UL and SGS and is certified by global testing body, TUV SUD. It is a member of the IECEE CB scheme as a certified bodies test laboratory, and the business will be the first to be approved to test to Soteria standard in 2022.